Northwest Philadelphia fund for teachers awards $12K in micro-grants

 Students at C.W. Henry rally for additional funding from the school district. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Students at C.W. Henry rally for additional funding from the school district. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

For the seventh year, the Trolley Car’s Teacher Fund has doled out money to help classrooms in need. This year, the fund, led by local developer and business owner Ken Weinstein awarded more than $12,000 to 32 teachers in Northwest Philadelphia.

Grants included money to go towards a playground at Lingelbach, starting an online newspaper at Parkway Northwest, field trips for autistic children at Houston, replacing a stolen computer at C.W. Henry and more. The full list of grants can be found here

“We cannot wait until the Commonwealth of PA chooses to fully fund our public schools,” said Weinstein. “Now there is something that each one of us can do to improve our public school system.”

The fund received money from two foundations this year, allowing additional grants to be awarded. Individuals are also able to contribute to the fund, which is run under Trolley Car Helping Hands, a community-based nonprofit. 

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